As you know carpets in your home or office can come under a lot of wear and tear throughout the years — especially if you have kids or pets!
Carpets and Upholstery can be spoiled with stains, discoloring, and ultimately this damage may lead you into wanting to replace them. Did you know that carpets that don’t receive regular professional carpet cleaning can ultimately end up in a bad state and also void the manufacturer warranty? With regular cleaning from Clean Fresh UK, carpets can retain that new look, feel, and smell of a new carpet for way, way longer.
Keeping your carpets clean and fresh is important for many reasons. The look, the smell, and your health are all reasons for keeping them clean.
Here are 10 facts about dirty carpets that you might not have been aware of:
1. Carpets Attract Heavy Greasy Residue and Dirt Over Time
Every day oily residue from the rooms in your home and your family pets (if you have them) is carried in from outside on socks, shoes, hands, and clothing and dries onto your carpet. This residue attracts and “locks-in” dirt to your carpet fibers. Over time, this dirt can actually change the color of your carpet.
2. Your Carpets Could Be Harboring Many Germs
Your carpet does a valuable job by acting as a filter, trapping potentially damaging air pollutants like pollen, fungi, chemicals, bacteria, cigarette smoke, tars, and residues. The trouble is once the carpet gets “full” it no longer traps or holds these tiny air pollutants. These trapped pollutants can only be removed with regular professional carpet cleaning.
3. Carpets Can Get Heavy With Dirt
Did you know that your carpets can hold as much as four times their weight in dirt and grease, and possibly even more? Carpets are a catch-all for dirt, with dust mites, pet hair, pet urine, dead skin cells, dust, insect feces, insect husks, bacteria, mold, volatile organic compounds, and many other types of allergens clinging to the fibers.
It is important that you clean your carpets regularly with Clean Fresh UK. While it is important to vacuum at least once or twice each week, this is just not enough. You also need to have your carpets professionally cleaned, to make sure that all of these allergens are removed from the carpet fibers.
4. Forget The 5-second Rule
You may not think that your carpets are dirty, but people openly admit to spilling food on the carpet and eating it. If your carpets are dirty, just think about what you are actually putting into your stomach. Forget that five-second rule. Bacteria can live for up to four weeks in carpeting, and if there is any in yours, which there likely is, that bacteria is going to get on your food.
5. Take Off Your Shoes!
Most people admit to walking on their carpets while wearing their outdoor shoes whether all the time or for quick convience. This not only tracks dirt into the house, but it also grinds it into the carpets, and vacuuming alone isn’t going to get rid of this. It’s also common for people to move furniture around to cover stains in their carpets rather than clean the stains. Spills should be cleaned immediately, to prevent stains from forming.
6. The Norovirus
Also known as the ‘Norwalk Virus’, Norovirus causes symptoms similar to food poisoning or even the stomach flu. It can survive in your carpet for four to six weeks, and it becomes airborne as people walk or roll across it.
7. More Bugs and Germs Than Your Toilet Seat
Carpeting can be a great flooring option at home. It adds warmth, and comfort and feels good on bare feet. However, because of all the traffic it encounters, it tends to get pretty dirty over time. It’s a germ hotspot and can be 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat and they can also have many different organisms living in them.
8. Regular Cleaning
We all wash ourselves on a regular basis; we all wash our clothes regularly too. Most of us overlook the amount of dirt and germs that exist in a carpet because it’s way down the list of jobs and isn’t always as obvious or easy to clean. If you want to remove dangerous bacteria and other pollutants from your carpet, you need to call the experts at Clean Fresh UK in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Professional carpet cleaning can successfully remove about 98 percent of dirt and pollutants from your carpets.
How Often Should I Clean My Carpets?
Clean Fresh UK recommend that your carpets are professionally cleaned by one of our qualified technicians every 6 months. Carpets should be cleaned on a regular basis and before they become heavily soiled or damaged. Allowing soil, dirty, and germs to build up will significantly reduce the life of a carpet regardless of the quality.
Vacuuming is simply not enough for carpets, all carpets should be deep cleaned by Clean Fresh UK at least every six months. This can double the life expectancy of your carpet and keep it looking brand new. A thorough deep cleaning will not only rejuvenate the look of your carpet, leaving it smelling fresh and clean, it can also reduce wear to the pile and thereby extends its life. Your carpet can hide as much as 1lb (0.5kg) of dirt per sq.yd (1 sq.m).